The Malaga Fair (Feria de Málaga), also known as the August Fair (Feria de Agosto), is one of the most characteristic events of the province and one of the most awaited of the year in the south of Andalusia.
The city is full of atmosphere, since the fair practically covers the entire city centre and the Fairground (Recinto Ferial), offering the possibility of choosing between two spaces, each with its own charm and characteristics.
When is the feria de Málaga?
The Feria de Malaga is held in mid-August as its alias suggests. It takes place every year on the 19th. It is held on this summer date because of the fact that the Catholic Monarchs conquered the city on August 19th, 1487, annexing it to their crown. It wasn’t until 1887 that this well-known festival became a popular tourist attraction, and it still is to this day.
Since August 15th is a national holiday in Spain, the Feria de Málaga also includes this date in its “fair week”, so it is normal for it to last between eight and ten days.
The next feria de Málaga will take place from August 13th – 20th, 2022.
Where is the feria de Málaga held?
One of the most striking features of the Feria de Málaga is the chance, as we mentioned at the start, to choose between two areas of the city. Hence, you can decide whether to enjoy a more folkloric and authentic atmosphere in the Malaga Fairground or a multicultural and more alternative atmosphere in the city centre.
Normally, the people of Malaga also choose between the evening and daytime fair. But you don’t need to worry since both locations offer an atmosphere, events of all types and great celebrations from midday until the establishments close at dawn.
Evening fair at Malaga Fairground
The evening fair is held at the Malaga Fairground (Recinto ferial or Real de la Feria), which is located in Cortijo de Torres and in the area surrounding Calle Cristóbal Ruiz Molero. It is an enormous enclosure where almost 250 fairground tents are erected and you can enter without any restrictions on capacity whatsoever.
The first thing we will find at the Fairground is the entrance which leads to several streets with the tents and attractions laid out in themes.
Throughout the fair you will find tents of food, dancing, parties, some with a more peaceful atmosphere and others that are busier and more crowded, as well as churros stalls and ice cream stalls; you will also be able to enjoy events, a lively atmosphere, food, drink, music and attractions. In the southern part of the fair, you will find the attractions, an area for children and another, which is not so much for children, with a wide variety for any type of audience. You can’t leave without taking a look at the street stalls, tombolas and games such as hook a duck and shoot the target using a rifle.
Daytime fair at Malaga Fairground
As we mentioned earlier, the city centre holds the Daytime Fair and, therefore, you will find all types of options to have fun. Bearing in mind that the fair is held in the month of August, a time when most tourists choose to visit the city and its surroundings, you will be able to enjoy a multicultural hustle and bustle, mixed with the atmosphere of Malaga itself. In Malaga’s ‘City Centre Fair’ (Feria del Centro), they also hold many events, performances and workshops aimed at all audiences, such as parades with ‘charanga’ bands or a stage in the Plaza de la Constitución which holds a wide variety of concerts.
How do you find the feria de Málaga?
As you can choose between two destinations for the Feria de Málaga, you should also know how to reach both places. For that reason, we are going to explain the options available to you to reach your destination.
To reach Malaga’s Fairground, you have several options:
- Use your own car or hire a car; If you have your own car or need and want a hire car for more independence and to be able to move around the city during the days of the fair; we recommend you hire one here.
In addition, there are numerous places to park if you are going to the Fair in the centre of Malaga.
- Calle Guillén Sotelo
- Calle Guillén Sotelo
- Calle Carretería
- El Ejido District
- La Rosaleda Stadium
- Avenida Fátima y Avenida del Arroyo de los Ángeles
Additionally, here you have the parking locations for the Malaga Fairground (Recinto Ferial):
- Palacio de Ferias
- Los Prados
- Huerta del Correo
- Teatinos District
- Pierrot / Shopping Centre
- Use a VTC or Taxi. The most comfortable option, but not necessarily the quickest. With the high demand for these services, the prices and waiting times also increase.
- Choose to travel by bus. The EMT (Malaga transport company) makes a large number of buses available to users, connecting the fair in the city centre with the fairground and also enables you to travel to each of these places from most parts of the city. In addition, 3 new lines (201, 202 and 205) will be launched to streamline transporting people during the fair period.
- Use the Malaga Commuter Train. Victoria Kent station is 800 metres away, in other words, about a 16 minutes walk from Malaga’s fairground. This station is well connected to Málaga Airport, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Cártama and Alora. Lines C-1 and C-2 are connected to the María Zambrano station and Málaga Centro Alameda station.
The customised map below shows you all of the points mentioned above.